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Fugitive escapes police from Utah hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, August 27, 2015

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A man who police say was high on heroin escaped custody while being treated at a Salt Lake City hospital August 18 and is apparently still at large, according to a report from KSTU-TV.

The event unfolded around 5 p.m., when David Orosco Garcia, who the report said was wanted for several felony warrants, fled from police during a pursuit and crashed the car he was driving. Garcia attempted to flee on foot after the crash but was captured, and high on heroin. Police officers took him to St. Mark's Hospital for treatment. According to the report, Garcia fled the hospital when officers came back later to pick him up.

Police sources quoted in the report said that Garcia had fled the area, and it was unclear if he had been recaptured. Hospital sources in the article said policy requires two police officers to remain with any patient who is brought to the hospital in police custody, and patients at risk of harm to themselves or others must have a clinical "sitter" who remain with them at all times. 

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